I'm Cathy Hepburn from Tinmouth Vermont and a little schmoozing, I've always voted for you, but The New York State Electric and gas company has brought the people of Vermont a troubled an insecure life. Time and again their plans for a pipeline hold the people in contempt. They want our land. How can we stop them? Who speaks for the people? How do we remove this threat? For the hopes of the people and so many families threatened, how can you make this Christmas a more comfortable one?
Gov. Dean: Well I thought I did that about a month ago when I told them to go away and shut up. They have to go through a process like everybody else. Here's my problem with the pipeline. First of all I thought the pipeline was a good idea because I thought it would bring jobs and would lower energy costs and make it easier for people in Southwestern Vermont to have a better economic future. The pipeline was voted down by Tinmouth, Danby, Dorset, Manchester and Mt. Tabor. All right already. I get it. You can't drive a project through five towns that don't want them. So I said okay I'm not going to support the pipeline anymore. And that's that. They keep coming back, they have no financing, I don't believe, I don't consider it a responsible proposal and that's why I finally got annoyed with them because they kept coming back saying they were going to do all this stuff, keeping people up in the air. If, I don't believe they'll ever come through with the financing because they've been diddling around for a year, two years without it. But suppose somebody did come through. They would have to go through a process that's very similar to Act 250 called Act 248 which is essentially Act 250 for power companies. Every town that this was going to go through would have some say in it, all the environmental community would have some say in it. I think if you have a whole region that doesn't want something, it's not going to be built. They can't condemn your land...I don't believe so...well I think they'd have a tough time with the legislature. If five towns don't want something, it's just not going to happen. You have standing in the Act 250 commission, or Act 248, the hearings in this case, five towns are going to have a lot of influence in the regional planning commission. This is just not a project that's going to happen. I mean I can sit here and propose anything I want, but if people really don't want it, and a large number of people really don't want it, and they vote through their elected representatives, which you did and five other towns did, through your selectboard, it just is not going to happen. You just can't ram a project like that through five towns that don't want it.